Back To The Food

I seem to have digressed away from the food recently but today I am back.  Back on food.  Healthy and nutritious food.

I have not felt quite right since Saturday.  I have had a very irritable stomach which is most unusual for me as I normally have rather a cast iron constitution.  So I browsed some of my favourite blogs for something healthy to make.  I was working from home today so could freshly prepare everything.

1 cup of frozen berries

plus some basil

may not seem a likely combination but I have to say it was delicious.

Inspired by one of my favourite blogs, Choosing Raw, I tried my version of the Blackberry Basil Smoothie Gena made recently.  But I didn’t have blackberries so I used mixed berries.

Berry and Basil Smoothie

1 large cup of frozen berries
1 large banana
1 cup of almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a few basil leaves

Blend until completely smooth.

This was surprisingly tasty and something I will be making again.   Try it – you may be pleasantly surprised too.

Mid-morning I snacked on some fresh Kent cherries.

For lunch I went foraging in the garden.  This pink veined kale is one of the prettiest leaves I am growing.

Plus some broccoli leaves

and a large beetroot leaf.

These were added to some onion, yellow pepper and mushrooms which I slowly fried.  I then wilted the chopped green leaves and made an omelette with some Cheddar cheese.  Delicious and substantial and so simple to make.

In the afternoon I still felt poorly and very tired so I made a healthy long drink.  A smoothie really but with far more liquid and less fruit than usual.  I mixed together some Kombucha with a banana, some frozen mixed berries, 1 tbsp Tahini and had a large multi – vitamin tablet with it.

I am not sure if it was the Kombucha smoothie or the omelette but I finally felt more comfortable and not so exhausted.

I went to a little function at Harvey’s school.  I was not tempted by the wine but I did enjoy some crackers with cheese.

When we got home I foraged in the garden.  I found some peas,

lots of lettuce and some radish

which I had with some cucumber, tomatoes and Fishfingers!  I was going to have something else but Harvey wanted fish fingers so we both had them.  2 salmon ones and 4 cod, with salad.

I really enjoyed them, served with just a blob of mayonnaise.

I then made some ice-cream.  Yes I did.  It took about 10 minutes and I don’t even have an ice-cream maker.  You just need a blender and a freezer.  This is a vegan and healthy ice-cream.  Inspired again by Choosing Raw, I made the Raw Vegan Blueberry Ginger Ice-Cream.  Gena’s looked smoother than mine and I should have re-blended it as she advised but I was in too much of a rush for it as was Harvey who couldn’t believe I made ice-cream.

Blueberry and Ginger Ice-Cream  (serves 2)

2 frozen bananas
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 inch fresh ginger
1/4 cup cashews (which I soaked for several hours)
2 tsp lemon juice
2-4 tbsp almond milk

Blend until smooth.

This was  delicious and so easy to make.  I will make this again for sure.

I have prepared a lot of healthy food today in ways that were quick and easy and simple but that tasted great.  I also packed in a lot of nutrients which is important too.  So I feel full and satisfied and not at all guilty.  It was good to remind myself of how simple it is to prepare fresh nutritious food.  Back to the food – you should see what I have already prepared for tomorrow 🙂 .

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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5 Responses to Back To The Food

  1. Gena says:

    Aww, I’m so happy both recipes were a success! Cheers!

    • Hi Gena, I loved both these recipes soooo much 🙂 You spotted them quickly. I was going to publish this post and then come over to your site to leave a comment but you got here first. Thanks for 2 such great recipes.

  2. Lucy says:

    I will check out Gena’s blog too although my nut and seed-free existence does seem to make veganism a real problem. You did better than me – I had amazing lentil and sweet potato and pearled spelt soup followed by chocolate cake and a packet ofncrisps. Why do I do it? X

  3. laura1952 says:

    I will be checking out Gena’s Blog as well. Gosh everything looked so great and I will definitely be having your breakfast today with the Fruit and Basil tomorrow morning. Thanks for the fabulous idea Gena about adding Basil to a fruit smoothie. I never would have thought. But, I never thought spinach and banana would taste so wonderful.

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